Specimen Requirements

Title

ALPHA-2-MACROGLOBULIN

Specimen Requirement

SST/1.0mL serum. Spin, separate serum from cells within 2 hours of collection and refrigerate.

Methodology

Stability

Room Temperature 8 hours; Refrigerated 8 days

Reference Range

By Report*

Turnaround

3-7 days Performed Wed, Sat

Clinical Use

Alpha-2-macroglobulin concentrations may be increased in liver diseases such as cirrhosis and chronic and acute hepatitis, as well as in diabetes mellitus and the nephrotic syndrome. Increased levels have also been reported in neural tube defects, ataxia telangiectasia, atopic dermatitis, and Down’s syndrome. Concentrations may be decreased in gastroenteropathies, protein malnutrition and with fibrinolytic therapy.

Test Code

A2MW